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When asked for information about their house in Leet, Clare and Drew Conry-Murray are flooded with memories of watching their children grow up. Aidan and Finsey, now 12 and 7, respectively, were 7 and 2 when the family moved in five years ago. Both attend Quaker Valley schools.

"It's a busy bus stop in the morning," Mr. Conry-Murray said.

The house at 153 Orchard St., is a Foursquare with four bedrooms and one full bathroom and is on the market for $148,500 through Judie Vescio and Robert Green of Prudential Preferred Realty (412-741-6312 or www.prudentialpreferred.com). The property (MLS No. 956252) is currently under contract.

"The price is right to get into Quaker Valley School District," said Ms. Vescio. "It's a well-built, perfect house for a family."

Built in 1928 in the Fair Oaks plan, the brick house has hardwood floors, high ceilings and plaster walls.

The 15- by 13-foot living room has built-in cabinets on either side of a fireplace, one of Mr. Conry-Murray's favorite features. The dining room measures 16 by 12 feet and the kitchen, 12 by 10 feet.

The master bedroom measures 12 by 12 feet and the other three bedrooms are 12 by 10 feet. The third floor is currently used as a game and exercise room.

The front porch is large enough to accommodate five or six people comfortably, said Mr. Conry-Murray. Another favorite part of the house is the yard and landscaping, which includes evergreens and mature shrubs. There is a two-car detached garage.

In addition to excellent schools, the neighborhood boasts many families with children. The couple noted that there are three parks within walking distance of the house, all with playgrounds. In the winter, the Conry-Murray children go sledding on a nearby hill and in the summer, there is a creek about a two-minute walk from the house.

The property is a 10-minute drive from the village of Sewickley and 25 minutes from Downtown (non-rush hour). There is a bus stop about two blocks away. The property has a county assessed value of $146,100 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Default.aspx). Over the last three years, two properties have sold on Orchard Street for $112,500 in August 2011 and $120,000 in July 2010 (www.realstats.net).

Mr. Conry-Murray speaks highly of the neighborhood and his neighbors. Their first winter in the house, their neighbors invited them over for a Super Bowl party.

"The neighborhood is very safe and welcoming," he said. "It's one of the things that made us very happy."

The family is moving because Ms. Conry-Murray has a new job in Philadelphia. Their sons will miss their friends and this neighborhood.

"They are sad to leave the house, and so are we," Mr. Conry-Murray said. "We made great friends."


SALES SNAPSHOT


ALIQUIPPA


2012

2013

SALES

114

159

MEDIAN PRICE

$29,900

$26,945

HIGHEST PRICE

$165,000

$200,000



AMBRIDGE


2012

2013

SALES

92

102

MEDIAN PRICE

$30,000

$22,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$95,005

$107,000



BADEN


2012

2013

SALES

42

48

MEDIAN PRICE

$83,000

$83,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$160,000

$175,960



CENTER


2012

2013

SALES

130

167

MEDIAN PRICE

$156,000

$164,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$470,000

$465,000



CONWAY


2012

2013

SALES

18

35

MEDIAN PRICE

$106,000

$95,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$278,500

$360,000



ECONOMY


2012

2013

SALES

132

199

MEDIAN PRICE

$175,000

$195,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$445,539

$465,000

EDGEWORTH


2012

2013

SALES

35

32

MEDIAN PRICE

$490,000

$375,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,450,000

$2,400,000



HOPEWELL


2012

2013

SALES

167

245

MEDIAN PRICE

$101,000

$108,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$380,000

$499,000



LEET


2012

2013

SALES

13

31

MEDIAN PRICE

$53,000

$191,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$335,000

$520,000



LEETSDALE


2012

2013

SALES

10

20

MEDIAN PRICE

$76,000

$69,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$315,000

$345,000



HARMONY


2012

2013

SALES

44

73

MEDIAN PRICE

$67,779

$70,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$176,000

$185,900


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Monica Disare: mdisare@post-gazette.com First Published July 6, 2013 4:00 AM


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